The Taunton to Barnstaple Line Volume 3: Locomotives, Operations & Recollections (Lightmoor)

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The third and final volume of this detailed history of the Taunton to Barnstaple Line by Freddie Huxtable. This volume contains an in-depth review of the operation of the line and the human aspect of a country railway which served the local communities through which it ran.

The Taunton to Barnstaple Line Volume 3 includes a detailed study of the motive power used on the line, from its opening as a broad gauge line under the Bristol & Exeter Railway, through the long years of GWR ownership and then in to the final two decades under British Railways, with diesels and DMUs taking over by the end. Included too is a look at the coaching stock that appeared over the years and a brief consideration of goods wagons.

There follows a comprehensive look at the passenger and goods services provided through the decades and an examination of the main events which affected the line including special trains, accidents and mishaps.

The final chapter contains a series of reminiscences and memories, from those who worked on or over the line and those who used it or lived nearby. The book is completed with a number of Appendices covering various aspects from through coach working to a list of staff mentioned in the GWR and BR (WR) staff magazines.

Finally, there is a detailed Index for all three volumes, the pages of which have been numbered consecutively on from Volume 1. The whole is illustrated by another fine selection of photographs of this highly picturesque railway.

Special Note: The history of the Devon & Somerset Railway was comprehensively covered in Volume 1 (published 2016) and the route, stations and signalling in Volume 2 (published 2017)

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